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Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending Nov. 1
Friday, October 31, 2014
We’re breaking out the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, for the week ending November 1, 2014. Once upon a time, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, male voices were heard in the Top 5. Alright, it was only two months ago, but still - it’s been a long time. Every one of this week’s Top 5 songs has gone platinum or multi-platinum here in the United States. Tove Lo dips a slot to fifth place with her million-selling single “Habits (Stay High).”... (Full Story)

Turkey's Controversial Reform Bill Giving Investors Jitters
Friday, October 31, 2014
New legislation being considered by the Turkish parliament allowing the seizure of property from those accused of conspiring against the government is causing concern among domestic and foreign investors. The homeland security reform bill will give police new powers in search, seizure, detention and arrests, while restricting the rights of suspects and their attorneys to acquire the details of legal proceedings brought against them during an investigation. It would also make it... (Full Story)

Ali Regained Title in Historic Fight 40 Years Ago
Friday, October 31, 2014
Forty years ago, on Oct. 30, 1974, two American heavyweights slugged it out in Zaire - today's Democratic Republic of Congo - in a historic boxing match. “The Rumble in the Jungle,” as the fight was advertised in the U.S. and abroad, matched former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali against the reigning champ, George Foreman.  Ali knocked Foreman out to regain the crown, which he had lost seven years earlier when the U.S. government accused him of draft-dodging and boxing officials... (Full Story)

In Kenyan Prison, Good Grades Are Path to Freedom
Friday, October 31, 2014
t is exam time at Naivasha maximum security prison in central Kenya.   Inside a church building opposite the recreation yard, 18 inmates are taking Kenya's standardized secondary education test, the KCSE.   The prisoners sit at school desks holding pen cases and plastic protractors. If it were not for their pinstripes - the standard issue prison uniform - it would look like any other classroom.   “We want to tell you that we are no longer criminals,” says David... (Full Story)

Thousands Denounce Likening of Hong Kong People to Freed Slaves
Friday, October 31, 2014
Thousands have signed an online petition denouncing reported comments by an HSBC Holdings board member in which she likened Hong Kong protesters' demands for democracy to the emancipation of slaves. Laura Cha, who is also a member of Hong Kong's policy-making Executive Council, chairwoman of the city's Financial Services Development Council and a member of China's parliament, was quoted as making the comments at an event in Paris. “American slaves were liberated in 1861... (Full Story)

Experts: African Constitutions Increasingly Used to Prolong Power
Friday, October 31, 2014
In the last decade, at least a dozen African leaders - among them, the rulers of Algeria, Cameroon, Chad, Djibouti, Uganda and Zimbabwe - have amended their national constitutions to allow them to extend their time in office. The men who lead those six countries have been in power collectively for just shy of 150 years.   The latest attempt to prolong power came from Burkina Faso’s leader of 27 years, Blaise Compaore. His recent attempts to extend his rule through constitutional... (Full Story)

Merkel Tells Putin Europe Won't Recognize E. Ukraine Vote
Friday, October 31, 2014
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone that Sunday's planned elections in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognized by European leaders, a Berlin government spokesman said on Friday. Merkel and Putin held a joint telephone conversation with French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Merkel's spokesman Georg Streiter said at a government news conference. He said in the call there... (Full Story)

Women Voters Anxious Ahead of US Elections
Friday, October 31, 2014
With US elections just days away, public opinion polls show American voters are deeply dissatisfied with their government and anxious about threats from abroad. This is especially true for a key voting group: women. Analysts say if women are focused on national security, it could be bad news for Democrats, with majority control of the Senate at stake. VOA’s Cindy Saine looks at the crucial role women voters will play in deciding the elections. (Full Story)

Ebola Studies Help Demystify Vulnerability to Virus
Friday, October 31, 2014
Two notable studies on Ebola this week shed more light on why some people are devastated by the virus, while others manage to survive the deadly pathogen.   In one, researchers gathered data from 106 Ebola-stricken patients at the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone from May 25 to July 18.  The records of some of the patients were burned due to fears of contamination. But the team was able to thoroughly analyze the data from 44 Ebola patients at the... (Full Story)

Burkina Faso Army General Takes Over Power
Friday, October 31, 2014
General Honore Traore, the head of Burkina Faso's armed forces, took power on Friday after Compaore resigned amid mass demonstrations against an attempt to extend his 27-year rule in the West African country. (Full Story)

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